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Meeting in the middle: Sociologists, development practitioners share ideas, research at annual conference

Author: Rowland, Ashley

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

A major sociology conference at the University of Notre Dame recently brought together scholars and practitioners for a rare chance to talk about their work and research on a range of development-related topics. “We don’t get this opportunity very often. This is one of the only academic conferences where we can have that dialogue with practitioners,” said sociologist Tamara Kay, one of three faculty members in the Department of Sociology who organized the American Sociological Association’s 8th Annual Sociology of Development Conference, held Oct. 17-19.

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I hope to work in journalism. Here’s why I majored in anthropology.

Author: Mary Bernard

Categories: Undergraduate News and General News

As an aspiring journalist, I think that anthropology is the perfect field to study. In many ways, the disciplines are similar. Anthropological ethnographies require interviews and observation, just like writing a news article. Similar ethics when building trust and remaining objective apply to each field. Both help me remain informed about the community and allow me to talk to people different from myself. But in key ways, anthropology is different enough that it’s helped me become a far better journalist.

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Video: Laura Miller-Graff on interventions for violence on women and children

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

Laura Miller-Graff is a Notre Dame assistant professor of psychology and peace studies and core faculty at the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families. Her research interests include the developmental effects of exposure to violence in childhood, resiliency in children, and interventions for violence-exposed persons. In this video, she discusses how her research helps children and families thrive, even in the wake of considerable hardship.

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Economics students gain hands-on research experience in LEO’s fight against poverty

Author: Leigh Lynes

Categories: Centers and Institutes, Research, Undergraduate News, and General News

Economics students at the University of Notre Dame are contributing to the evidence-based anti-poverty research conducted by Notre Dame economics professors and research faculty at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). Through LEO’s internship program, students gain real-life experience in areas such as project management, data collection, statistical and econometric analysis, and research report writing.

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Video: Anthropologist Agustín Fuentes on human imagination and creativity

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Agustín Fuentes is the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include the roles of creativity and imagination in human evolution, multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and the structures of race and racism. In this video, he discusses why he studies the human brain in order to understand our past and imagine our future.

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How an Arts and Letters student’s many passions — from literature and psychology to music and film — translated into his senior thesis and career path 

Author: Ashley Lo

Categories: Internationalism, Undergraduate News, and General News

On the way to graduating with majors in Spanish and music, senior Peter Sabini has rekindled old intellectual flames, discovered new passions, and found a future that combines them all. Sabini has studied abroad in Toledo, Spain, scored music in a studio in New York City, and is now translating 40 Spanish poems into English for his senior thesis. “Four years is too short,” he said, “but I got to do a bit of everything.” 

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With NSF grant, Notre Dame psychologist develops adaptive testing tool to help high school students increase learning

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

Student engagement has long been recognized as key to academic success. Most research, however, has focused on engagement generally, across the school setting. Quantitative psychologist Ying “Alison” Cheng is working to better understand the link between student engagement and learning outcomes in a specific course — and how adaptive testing can help.

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How a Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus are connecting Black students to financial services firms — and helping them land jobs and internships 

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, Alumni, Undergraduate News, and General News

After Kaleem Minor graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Letters this spring, he’ll head to California for a job he’d never dreamed of. In fact, less than a year ago, the soon-to-be analyst for a $35 billion alternative investment firm knew next to nothing about the world of finance. A trip over spring break last year changed his perspective — and his career path. Minor was one of 16 Black Notre Dame students who participated in an “alternative investment trek” to the West Coast to learn more about careers in the financial services industry. 

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Notre Dame theology professor interprets historical treasure discovered at ancient monastery in the Sinai Desert

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Research, and General News

Being in the right place at the right time can change everything. For Nina Glibetić, witnessing a chance discovery changed her research focus — and the trajectory of her career. While at St. Catherine's Monastery on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a librarian discovered a folio of parchment that didn't look like others in the collection. She immediately recognized the rare language that was on it, and has since been working to translate and interpret the 11th-century folio — which is one of, if not the, oldest Glagolitic texts in existence.

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Video: Design student interns at social justice-oriented furniture company

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Undergraduate News and General News

Braden Kimmel, an industrial design BFA student, interned this summer at Purposeful Design, an Indianapolis-based furniture company that trains and employs formerly homeless men. “There’s so much more experience you can gain from working with professionals in the field,” he said. Kimmel received funding through the Center for Career Development, which grants undergraduates up to $3,500 to cover living expenses during a qualified summer internship.

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Notre Dame establishes partnership and faculty exchange program in history of philosophy with Belgian university

Author: Colleen Wilcox

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, and General News

A special event was hosted on Friday, September 20, at Innovation Park to recognize the growing relationship between the University of Notre Dame and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. The day started with the first Notre Dame/Leuven international collaborative workshop in ancient, medieval, and renaissance philosophy. Following the workshop, a reception celebrated the successful efforts of Gretchen Reydams-Schils, a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, who helped develop Notre Dame International’s first formal faculty exchange agreement.

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Political science professor’s NSF-funded team working to make data from states more accessible and easier to analyze

Author: Tom Coyne

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Notre Dame political scientist Jeff Harden is part of a multidisciplinary research team awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant to create a hub that will make it easier to access and analyze data from states on public policy and economic and social outcomes. Harden said making comparisons across states is often difficult because data is decentralized and each state uses different methods to collect and record such data. His team will develop a comprehensive data hub that will allow users to easily explore, visualize and analyze the data.

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Neuroscience majors prepare for careers in law and medicine through senior thesis research on a wide range of issues 

Author: Ashley Lo

Categories: Research, Undergraduate News, and General News

In labs, at conferences, and in public policy forums domestic and abroad, Notre Dame neuroscience and behavior majors are exploring and deepening their passion for the study of the human nervous system. Last year, three members of the Class of 2019 used grants they received through the Glynn Family Honors Program to conduct research on meditation and neglected children, measuring stress response, and rethinking justice. Through one discipline, they were able to see a variety of ways in which a firmer grasp of human thinking, affect, and behavior can serve as a force of good in the world. 

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Pop culture and philosophy converge as The Good Place creator Mike Schur visits Arts and Letters classes

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, Arts, Undergraduate News, and General News

Mike Schur — creator of The Good Place and Parks and Recreation and a writer and producer on The Office — came to Notre Dame last week to talk to students in the 1-credit The Good Class, which focuses on the philosophy and production of his current NBC show, as well as multiple sections of the God and the Good Life introductory philosophy course.

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New Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center to address ‘big questions’ of emerging technology

Author: Patrick Gibbons

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

The University of Notre Dame plans to add 15 new faculty positions in its recently established Technology Ethics Center, which aims to address the increasingly complex and continuously evolving ethical and policy questions related to the impact of technology on society and individuals. “Through the work of this new center, Notre Dame has an opportunity to play an important role in ensuring ethical questions are carefully considered throughout the entire innovation and technology development process,” said Sarah Mustillo, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, who has spearheaded the initiative.

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Video: Political scientist Aníbal Pérez Liñán on the survival of democracies

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

“If we want democracy to survive into the next century, then we really need to understand the conditions for that process,” said Aníbal Pérez Liñán, professor of political science and global affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Liñán studies the role of political institutions in the process of democratization, particularly in Latin America. His research finds that political leaders or parties are central to the success of a democracy, as opposed to the economic or structural conditions of a country. 

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Classics professor helps develop scientific term — ‘in fimo’ — for the experimental examination of excrement

Author: Mark Derewicz

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

You’ve heard of in vitro (the study of things in test tubes) and in vivo (the study of things in a living system). Now meet in fimo, a new scientific term coined by a Notre Dame classicist and researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine to mean “excrement examined experimentally.” Their proposal — largely written by Luca Grillo, chair and associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Classics — was published this year in the journal Gastroenterology.

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Study everything: Majoring in the College of Arts and Letters

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Undergraduate News and General News

In the College of Arts and Letters, students can ask meaningful questions and pursue their passions in a range of fields from anthropology to theology. Because the requirements are flexible, students can take classes across disciplines to find a major they love or synthesize ideas to create knowledge. In this video, students from a range of majors discuss why the possibilities in Arts and Letters are endless.

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Notre Dame Jewish studies scholar forges connections between ancient Mesopotamian texts and modern theology

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Categories: Faculty News, Research, and General News

Thousands of years ago, Mesopotamians craned their necks to watch as the moon passed between them and the sun, casting darkness on the Earth. They sacrificed animals and opened them up, carefully analyzing the characteristics of their organs. These ancient people were looking for messages from the gods; they sought information about potential enemy attacks, the weather, and predictions for their crops. “In any society, there is a desire to know the future. That’s still true today, if you think about political polling or weather forecasting,” said Abraham Winitzer, the Jordan H. Kapson Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Notre Dame. Winitzer, who works primarily in Assyriology, is one of two Notre Dame theology faculty that have a focus on Jewish studies, an area in which the department is giving new emphasis.

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Psychologist receives $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch intervention program for pregnant women exposed to violence

Author: Carrie Gates

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

Laura Miller-Graff, an assistant professor of psychology and peace studies, along with co-principal investigator Kathryn Howell of the University of Memphis and a team of Notre Dame faculty members, will evaluate the intervention program through a randomized, controlled trial involving more than 200 women and their infants.

 

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Leading an international staffing firm, Andrew Hilger ’91 uses English and philosophy majors every day

Author: Emily McConville

Categories: Alumni and General News

As president of Allegis Group, a staffing and services company that works with upwards of half a million people a year, he lays out the firm’s investments, growth, and direction in the digital age — and sees a big part of his job as helping employees and clients in ways that go beyond day-to-day tasks. 

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Video: PLS and Chinese major interns at public policy think tank in Indianapolis

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Undergraduate News and General News

“If you are considering doing an internship for the summer, I would say absolutely go for it,” said Chaya Cassell, a Program of Liberal Studies and Chinese major in the College of Arts and Letters. Cassell interned at the Sagamore Institute, a public policy think tank based in downtown Indianapolis. Her main project was researching and writing a brief on the West African experience and transitional justice in Liberia. Notre Dame’s Meruelo Family Center for Career Development awarded Cassell a grant to support her during the internship, which “really made the summer a lot easier for me and encouraged me in pursuing all the things I want to do this summer with the internship,” she said.

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How an experience abroad helped boost alumna Nicole Sganga's journalism career

Author: Joanna Byrne

Categories: Internationalism, Alumni, and General News

Sganga, a film, television, and theatre and political science major and journalism minor, recently finished her masters in international human rights law from Oxford University while working as a political reporter for CBS News. She then began a new role as one of the 2020 presidential campaign reporters. Sganga counts her time in London, during a semester abroad and a summer internship, as influential in making her a better reporter and a more empathetic person. 

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Luis Fraga, ILS director and political scientist, awarded 2019 Norton Long Career Achievement Award for Politics

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

Categories: Faculty News, Centers and Institutes, Research, and General News

Luis Fraga, director of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, has been selected as the 2019 Norton Long Career Achievement Award winner for his work in political science by a committee of distinguished peers. The award is given each year to a scholar who has made important contributions to the study of urban politics over the course of a career. 

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Video: The music major at Notre Dame

Author: Todd Boruff

Categories: Arts, Undergraduate News, and General News

What is the music major like at Notre Dame? “Music is not only something that is appealing to the ear. There is a very theoretical and systematic aspect,” said music major Kelvin Wu. Music majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as collaboration, musicianship, communication, and critical thinking. 

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History professor hosts roundtable discussion on digital humanities in early China at the Beijing Global Gateway

Author: Colleen Wilcox

Categories: Faculty News, Internationalism, Research, and General News

Liang Cai, assistant professor of history, and Meng Jiang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, collaborated on an international research project titled “Digital Empires: Structured Biographical and Social Network Analysis of Early Chinese Empires.” As part of the project, Cai hosted a roundtable discussion on June 24 at Notre Dame’s Beijing Global Gateway. 

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